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6 reasons you should buy the OnePlus X

OnePlus has come out and surprised us with two fantastic phones this year. The OnePlus 2 offers excellent value for money, it's a hugely powerful phone at a very attractive price. And now it has an even cheaper – but no less attractive – little brother. Here are six reasons to buy the OnePlus X

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These are our top six reasons to buy the OnePlus X. / © ANDROIDPIT

1. You will get a great product at a low price

It’s only US$249. That’s less than some Android smartwatches (I’m looking at you, Huawei Watch). To get a powerful smartphone running Android Lollipop for that price is amazing value. To get a phone that also looks good and has as many positive features as the OnePlus X is just madness.  

2. The build quality is luxurious 

This is not luxurious with an asterisk. This is not "luxurious for the price". The OnePlus X has a coherent, understated design. It's beautifully weighted, with chamfered metal edges and a glass body. I can’t remember the last time a US$249 phone had such strong build quality as this. The OnePlus X is beautiful.

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The OnePlus X comes in limited edition ceramic and onxy versions. / © ANDROIDPIT

3. It can fit comfortably in your pocket

Sure, most phones can fit in a pocket, but the OnePlus X encases a 5-inch display in a super slim, flat body. It's perfectly pocket friendly.

4. It comes with a 13 MP rear camera and an 8 MP front camera

An 8 MP front-camera is about as high resolution as you will find on a smartphone: it offers more pixels than even the Galaxy S6's front camer (5 MP). The rear camera comes with HDR, phase detection autofocus and 1,080p recording at 30 FPS – it’s a solid overall package.  

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The OnePlus X has a higher resolution front camera even than the more expensive OnePlus 2 (bottom). / © ANDROIDPIT

5. It has a Full HD display 

The Sony Xperia Z5 Compact, another small but powerful handset, has a HD display and costs twice as much as the OnePlus X. Lower resolution, and costs twice as much. Let that sink in. Flagship phones are still being released with Full HD displays even now, yet the OnePlus X offers that for a significantly lower price.

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The ~US$530 Xperia Z5 Compact (right) has a 720 x 1,280 resolution display. The OnePlus X's offers more detail. / © ANDROIDPIT

6. You'll be one of the cool kids

OnePlus phones are hard to come by. You need to receive an invite and make a purchase within three days of receiving that invite. If you are able to get your hands on one, this will certainly send you to the cool kids table.

These six reasons reveal how strong a phone the OnePlus X is, and we haven’t even touched on things like the unique notification slider, the near stock Android interface, or the expandable storage opportunities. 

Are you thinking about picking up a OnePlus X? Let us know in the comments. 


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  • I have bought the phone, and i have to say i am really suprised of how the phone is generally, it has great specs and that is noticable, the design is amazing, great price, and just a great phone, and the extra things in the almost stock android make it even more amazing, like shelf, the finger gestures and the system dark mode. overall it is just a great phone for the price.

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  • Luk 11 months ago Link to comment

    I don't get people whining about this phone. How can you compare it to 5,7 inch Note 3? My priority is a small, reliable device, that can easily be use in one hand, so I don't have to constantly struggle with it. I don't play games on a phone, I don't care about specs that much. Most of the small android devices also feel cheap, which is disappointing. OnePlus X is the phone I was waiting for. Small, stylish and beautiful. It sure has it gimmicks, like the camera, but hey - for now, it seems that there is no better option in that segment. Fortunately I got an invite couple days ago, so now I wait for delivery :)

  • Larry R. 11 months ago Link to comment

    When will the OnePlusX be available in Panama?

  • Abhinav P 11 months ago Link to comment

    I am currently using the one plus X. My number one reason for buying this phone was the looks and the performance it delivered for the price tag. The onlydownside I found was the customizability of the oxygen os. Coming from an xt1068 with cm12.1, II have to say I miss those great speakers and reduced ram consumption. But the looks of this phone compensate for that. It's an absolute headturner. And the way it feels in the hand is just awesome. Not too big and not too small. The perfect size.

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  • Brian G 11 months ago Link to comment

    I'm hearing that it's mostly low end 3G and 2G here in the US due to the missing bands

  • Regis 11 months ago Link to comment

    Well apart from the camera and HD screen, none of the X reasons-to-buy shown above fit with the Note 3. Is it compact ? No. Is it premium? No. Is it low priced? No.

    • storm 11 months ago Link to comment

      Compact? A 5" screen isn't compact, but the Note 3 was certainly pocket friendly, which is all that was claimed.
      Premium? it was the best phone of it's time, so certainly it was premium. Metal and glass don't mean premium. They mean needlessly heavy and damageable. The concept of premium has been heavily distorted in phones for stupid ends. And I blame Apple. Premium should mean to the purpose. Glass is poorly suited to a phone back. Metal frames make sense but metal backs just cause reception problems and pick up damage permanently. And a Note 3 today is cheaper than the X but it's not "new" anymore. But neither are these specs "new".

      The 2015 Moto G runs as well as this does and is cheaper with more market support for add ons. I would argue that the materials are more suited to the purpose and with higher durability as well.

  • storm 11 months ago Link to comment

    I've had this phone for two years already with more features such as SD card and removable battery and good aftermarket cases. It's called the Note 3. I'm ready for something newer, better and with real feature content. Not gimmicks like glass or ceramic backs. That's not a feature, that's something easier to break.

    It's just a dressed up OnePlus 1.

    Really, the people who read Android sites are beyond this phone. The love for the OnePlus X is misplaced at this point in the market.

    • I presume with many purchases of the 0P0 are not only for the ascetics, but the hardware that can be had at half the cost of the mainstream flagship models, and bought new. You have your preferences in a phone, others have different needs and wants, personally I purchased the first incarnation of their phone on the performance basis, as did many, I think with the X their trying to appeal to a different part of the market, such is why they realised the X, it just makes sense on their part, if you don't like it you don't have to buy it, different people different needs.

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